I am working on my next full-length book, Gifts of the Spirit: Stories & Poems from now till the end of 2021.
The new book is a companion of my book Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, published in 2017. See it here.
~ My Writing Process ~
I began writing stories and poems for the new book a couple of years ago.
I always like to start with a plan that gives an order in which to work out the process. I laid out a skeleton or structure for it several times over the past couple of years. I gathered lots of ideas, writings. I divided the book into categories or topics – several times. I try to put everything into a cohesive whole, bring order to the myriad of concepts.
Each new version of my draft eventually is altered.
But, not all of it is erased, discarded or moved. No, it is more like a palimpsest manuscript. Layers of words remain as other coatings vanish. Spaces appear, created, holes filled. When one works in layers, some fragments remain, some punctuation altered or deleted, meanings changed, paragraphs removed, and some words, sentences or paragraphs are shifted to new locations. I use the Socratic method as I continually ask questions in the working process. I search under, around, and through the rugged terrain of my verbal landscape.
Over my years of writing, I’ve come to an understanding of how I work. I have a process, and it’s messy!
I am going to war, and I know it before I write that first sentence.
I step into chaos. I always begin with the disorder in just about everything I do in my creative life.
Nothing magically happens when I am creating – no magic bullets and no writings that plop down on my pages. Writing, for me, is more like an excavation site. I have to dig through layers upon layers to sort, sift, discard, build, destroy, explore, and patch.
My process is physical, a painful boxing match. I am a warrior woman going into battle.
Lynda McKinney Lambert – Author/Artist
Your comments and questions are most welcome.
Most of all, I need your prayers over the next year.
When you think of me please stop for a moment to whisper my name in a prayer to our lord, Jesus.
Thank you for your interest in what I do.
Please contact me at any time if you need to speak with me or need to ask me to pray for you. I am a Prayer Warrior.
The dropping temperatures today make me begin to think about the 2 holidays that are coming up in November and December. My favorite item to bake is Pecan Pie. So, I am putting my pie recipe into the form of a Pantoum Poem – and what fun it is to think about baking this wonderful, delicious treat for the holidays.
Your encouraging messages give me the GIFT of HOPE.
I’ve become familiar with the way God whispers gently to us to give us His divine guidance and ideas for the direction he wants us to go?
I feel this tender nudge from God that at times. It is usually about
something that is common sense. I often think, “Why didn’t I think of this?
Yes, it makes sense, and it’s an
Gifts of the Spirit is the new full-length book I started writing this year.
I plan to complete the manuscript draft by the end of December 2021.
About this blog –
Gifts of the Spirit.
I’ll share some new poems, reflections, thoughtful, personal essays, and non-fiction stories on this blog for the next fourteen months. You might be reading the drafts of those writings that will finally become a collection in the book, Gifts of the Spirit: Poems & Stories.
I received a personal note from my friend Lynda J.
It arrived in a moment when I was thinking about writing this post. She references the Dallas Holm song, “I Have Hope.” God sends us such gentle reminders from unexpected sources at the precise time we need them. God is always right on time.
During 2020, a year of pandemic fears and anxieties, I can truly say, “I have hope.”
Here is what my colleague and friend sent to me today:
what a powerful testimony the Lord has led you to share.
I couldn’t agree with you more if I’d written a statement myself!!
One of your sentences reminded me of the chorus of one of my favorite Dallas Holm songs:
I have joy in the time of sorrow,
I have peace in the raging storm.
I have faith that Jesus holds tomorrow,
I have hope, I’m resting in His arms.
At the beginning of 2020, I chose One Word for my entire year – GIFTS.
I started choosing One Word for my year in 2015.
I wanted to think more seriously about giving GIFTS and receiving GIFTS. Because I am a Christian, I decided to do everything this year as a Gift for my King, Jesus! In my writing, artmaking, and everyday life at home, I kept this in mind.
This entire year is a journey of surprises for all of us, isn’t it?
Of course, I had no idea how that Word would reveal new meaning as the months come and go.
None of us could have anticipated the arrival of a pandemic and how we would experience life this year. We still have no idea what to expect, but we live in the eternal hope – our lives are in God’s hands, and he will take care of us no matter what the circumstances may be at any time.
Looking at history, we know that events such as this pandemic are not exceptional. People of all ages have faced tremendous changes and fears that come with those unexpected events. I know that for Christians, we are never alone in any circumstances that we face. Our faith is built on the solid foundation of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I placed my life in His capable hands, and I find peace in times of storms or painful circumstances, and I find joy in times of sunshine and prosperity.
We have the gifts that the Father gives us in all seasons and in all cases. In fact, here is just one example of what God’s intentions are for His beloved children.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
During the first week of October, I received some beautiful gifts, and I am sharing the news with you in this message.
I am delighted that Marcia Meara, author of the blog _The Write Stuff_ published a Special Feature about my writing and award-winning fiber art.
I enjoy seeing the visitors who read the article and leave comments.
Hint: I’d love to see your thoughts, and I will reply to any comments you leave. Go ahead, make my day! Visit the link and leave a comment.
Second, I won a First Place Award for my talisman, “My Eyes are Only for You,” at the InSights20 exhibition in Louisville, KY. The show opened on October 7, and you are invited to attend the virtual opening, which is available now.
Note: This year, first place is a shared award – which is lovely for the other artist and me.
The video is live now. You can see a photo of the artwork, the artist who made it, and a description. Rob Guillen is the coordinator of this annual exhibition. He will lead you through the winning pieces via the video. This juried art exhibition is presented by the American Printing House for the Blind. All artists in the show have a visual impairment. I am deeply honored to be a part of this project – my fifth time to have my work accepted in the Crafts Division by the jury – and my fifth award.
Here is the link to see the winners of the Craft Division – See it here!
Third, my poem, “The Talisman,” inspired by the process of making the talisman in the APH InSights 20 show, is in the October Issue of Newsreel.
If you subscribe to this audio magazine, you will hear me reading the poem.
Photo by American Printing House for the Blind – InSights20 exhibition. This is a talisman, “My Eyes are Only for You.” by Lynda McKinney Lambert. This piece won first place in the crafts division – it shared first place with another art work.
#2 – Update – Revise – New Title- Publish Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
July 28, 2019: This will be for 2020 year. I have started to make the outline for this revision. I will have to get out all my journals from the years I traveled and sift through them for additional information and material. Begin this in January 2020.
#3_Publish Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, 60 poems.
#4- Get Chapbook, first snow, published –16 poems.
July 28, 2019: Chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press, January 2020.
As it turned out, this chapbook was chosen by another publisher as well. I had to decline that second one.
#5 – Write Miss Opal – A Memoir – A Cat’s Eye View,
I have started working on the Introduction for it and will try to work on it every week at least one day from now on.
Miss Opal will tell her story of being born in the mountains of southern Ohio – her rescue – and her new life living with the famous artist, Miss Opal Waters of the Opal Waters School of Design” and her new family in western PA. I have a cast of characters ready to begin the telling of Miss Opals life story. I had this idea to write this story in 2012 – and it has been brewing ever since –
July 28, 2019: This is on the back burner for possible future project – beyond 2020.
Miss Opal at work as Lynda’s Literary Assistant in the office.
She also has a Sister Cat Miss Bessie Smith who patrols the house during the nights.
Both sisters share their lives with Lynda, Bob, and the 2 dogs: Miss Dixie Tulip and Miss Mitchell.
#6 – Write my MEMOIR– Under the Blueberry Moon – in my 70s.
I have written so many artcles that could easily be worked into a memoir, and have tons of photos I can sift through for this project.
Below: Bob Lambert snapped this photo of me from the back when she had her hair dyed purple in the spring of 2019. It was one of those “just for fun” moments of life.
July 28, 2019. I completed an outline of the periods in my life, from birth, into my mid-70s. I will use this outline and begin to drop in material in 2020. I am thinking this could be a completed project by the end of 2020.
#7 – Continue writing my “Saturday is for Sharing” series; “Thursday Treasures Series” and “Tuesday Travels Series” for SCAN.
July 28, 2019. I find that I am not motivated to write things according to a long term pre-planned agenda and pre-planned topics. I’ve discontinued doing the regular pieces, because I get weary and disinterested with being on a schedule like this. Life is just too complex for me to narrow it down to weekly postings in different categories. I am just too random for this kind of plan. It works fine for others, but not for me. The artist inside of me has to be able to pivot and change direction on a dime. I am erasing this expectation right now. It is not in my wheel house!
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Before you write yourself off as a failure at growing plants or flowers –
consider buying a SNAKE PLANT.
You might find this an easy plant to take care of and you might even find some flowers blooming on your SNAKE PLANT one day.
You will be doing a “happy dance” all around the room!
Give SNAKE PLANT a chance.
According to an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac Newsletter on February 6, 2019,
“A Snake Plant” is also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.” That was a surprise to me.
In the 1980s, I attended an auction at the home of a neighbor. When the auctioneer held up a pitiful looking Snake Plant, I was the only bidder on it. Obviously, it had ben sadly neglected for a long time. The long leaves of the plant were withered and discolored – it did not look promising. But, I came home with that plant and began to take good care of it. The plant responded to the light watering I gave it and it was not long before my Snake Plant began to send up tender shoots of new plants. Better yet, it started to bloom! That is a thrill when your succulent blooms.
The Snake Plant in my home today, is the same one I bought over thirty years ago at that auction sale on a summer day.
Each year, I bring my prized Snake Plant indoors for winter, and it spends about 6 months of the year outside on my wraparound porch.
I make sure it is shielded from rain because it does not like to be wet. And,
On my porch, it gets a few hours of sunshine every day. It is on the south/west side of the porch. My Snake Plant rewards me with lots of little white flowers blooming on long stems, nearly every year. I would say this is a plant that keeps on giving – for a lifetime. I expect one day this plant will be handed down in the family for another generation to enjoy. I’ve given starts off of it to family members over the years, too.
For additional information on growing Snakeplant and other succulents, please visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac. You can read much more about how to care for your own Snake Plant.
I’d love to hear from YOU –
Do you have a Snake Plant?
I hope I have encouraged you to give SNAKE PLANT a try. Refer to the great article in the Old Farmers Almanac Newsletter for everything you need to know about this and many other plants you can grow in your home.
It is a literary magazine of Active Voices by writers with disabilities.
If you are a writer who has a disability, you may be interested in finding out more about the opportunities provided. I’ve been a member for a number of years. I am a published author and writer who has significant sight loss. But, the great thing is that our disabilities do not define us and cannot keep us from being active in the craft that we love.
In addition to the website, there is a writing opportunity 2 times a year to send work to the Magnets & Ladders Literary Publication for consideration. The website for the organization gives information and guidelines you can read about how you can enter your writing for this magazine. Click here for guidelines.
BONUS: CASH AWARDS in Each Category. Enter NOW.
For the Spring/Summer issue this year – 2019 – there is an additional opportunity for writers who have a focus on Nature and the Outdoors. The contest will award a $50 cash award for the best poem in this category. This contest is a memorial award in honor of the group’s late member, Ernest Jones, who died last year. Ernie served on the board and was an active member of BOE for a number of years.
Visit the guidelines and learn more about how you can enter your work! But hurry, the deadline is coming up in mid-February.
It is free – no charge to enter your work for either competition.
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Behind Our Eyes has published 2 anthologies.
The first Behind Our Eyes Anthology came out in 2007.